WakeMed broke ground this month on a $100 million ambulatory surgery center that is the newest addition to Raleigh’s growing medical district along the New Bern Avenue corridor.
A recent story in Triangle Business Journal (WakeMed $100M ‘super block’ on its way, July 8) highlighted our plans to immediately develop 7.84 acres directly northwest of the hospital across Sunnybrook Road. The development of this “super block” of medical services supports WakeMed’s ongoing commitment to help revitalize the New Bern Avenue corridor.
A centerpiece of the expansion is the Capital Center Surgery Center, an 87,000 square-foot facility that will include eight operating rooms, an imaging and diagnostic center, and WakeMed administrative offices. Physicians will have the opportunity to lease up to 37,000 square feet of additional space in the surgery center, which is scheduled to open in April 2012.
In addition, the WakeMed Board of Directors has approved the purchase an additional 13.5 acres directly south of the hospital — including the historic Poe House — for future development. The Poe House will be preserved, and could become home to the WakeMed Foundation.
These expansion efforts will help WakeMed meet the growing demand for healthcare services in Wake County and spur additional economic activity around New Bern Avenue. WakeMed continues to discuss redevelopment of the area with city and county officials. Today, The News & Observer published a similar article (City wants healthier New Bern Avenue, July 27) discussing WakeMed’s growth plan and sharing community ideas on enhancing the corridor.